Nearly 4,800 Pets Saved by Shelter Contestants After Second Month of ASPCA's $100K Challenge

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Currently in 1st Place
October 15, 2010

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the results from the second month of its $100K Challenge, a contest designed to inspire animal shelters across the country to save more lives: the 32 shelter contestants have thus far saved 4,779 more animals during the months of August and September 2010 than during the same period in 2009, with increases at individual shelters of up to 108 percent.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, of Boulder, Colo., is currently in first place with a total of 505 more lives saved during the $100K Challenge. The Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth is in second place, with 415 more lives saved, and Northwest Organization for Animal Help of Stanwood, Wash. ranks third with 355 more lives saved. These numbers include animals that were adopted, returned to their owners, or transferred to rescue groups or other shelters where adoptions are guaranteed.

“We’re honored that the participants of our $100K Challenge have embraced the contest so enthusiastically and impacted the lives of thousands of pets in their communities through ingenuity and hard work,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The results are inspirational, and we can’t wait to see the final numbers.”

Throughout October, the last month of this three-month competition, shelter contestants will continue their work to save at least 300 more animals than they did during the same period in 2009. The contestant that achieves the greatest increase during the three-month period will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue their life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the contestant that engages the largest number of community members in helping to save more lives.